Friday, September 30, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 1, 2016)

Welcome to October! I hope you're enjoying some beautiful fall weather. Here in south Florida, it's just been rain and hurricanes! Help me forget about the crappy weather by joining me for the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky, which is open all week! Here's your chance to enter some fun giveaways, and be sure to check back daily to see what's been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway, please share it with us in the linky, and don't forget to tell your social media friends/fans about this page.






30 Days of Science from Little Passports: Light Bulbs, Invisible Ink, Musical Jars, and Scientific Butter!

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Does your young explorer enjoy science experiments? Do you think you may have a young Edison on your hands? Try this experiment, Make Your Own Light Bulb, and find out!


Now that your explorer has created something for the world to see, they may want to make something disappear. Why not try creating invisible ink, the ultimate science lesson in disguise!


Science is not just about what can be seen (or not seen). Observation also occurs through our other senses such as sound and taste.

Has your young scientist ever wondered what sound is? How is it made? Find out the answer while creating a scientific symphony with musical jars!


Finally, we can not forget our taste buds! What is scientific butter, you may ask? It’s butter that you make while learning about science! Your young explorers are sure to enjoy this fun and gooey experiment. The question is, will you eat it?


Be sure to read to the bottom of Little Passports' blog posts -- they have something brewing in the laboratory!

Monday, September 26, 2016

No More Slouching or Poor Posture with a Lumo Lift!

I’ve had poor posture all my life -- just call me a Super Sloucher! -- so I’m always excited about methods that remind to sit and stand up straight. Not only will good posture enhance my appearance, but it also improves my breathing and makes me look and feel more confident. That’s why I was excited for the opportunity to try a Lumo Lift! It works along with an app on my smartphone to detect when I’m slouching and remind me to straighten up. Watch the video below to see how the Lumo Lift works.



As you can see, the Lumo Lift is very discreet and can be attached to your clothing with a powerful magnet. Mine came with magnets in two different colors -- black and silver -- so I can choose the one I want if it’s going to be visible. You can also get sets of colored clasps or Swarovski® Jewelry Clasps (shown below), which look great on your clothes! There’s even a special clasp that allows you to attach the Lumo Lift to your bra strap. I really like it because I’m less likely to forget to remove the Lumo Lift when I take off my shirt at night. I don’t want my Lumo Lift to end up in the laundry!


The app was really easy to download on my smartphone and sync with my Lumo Lift. I can see how successful I’ve been each day in staying in good posture, and it even shows me a little reminder each morning to be sure I don’t forget to wear my Lumo Lift. It comes with a USB charger that I can plug into my computer or use with my phone adapter.

I was worried at first that people would hear me “buzzing” when I was slouching, but I never had anyone ask me what was going on, so I assume they didn’t hear it. As soon as it buzzes, I straighten up, and this position is becoming more of a habit for me.

You can purchase the Lumo Lift and accessories at www.lumobodytech.com. Shipping is free in the United States and you even get a 30-day money-back guarantee! You have nothing to lose except your slouch. I hope you’ll visit Lumo Body Tech through the sites below.

www.lumobodytech.com
Instagram.com/lumobodytech
Twitter.com/lumobodytech
Facebook.com/lumobodytech
Pinterest.com/lumobodytech



Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 24, 2016)

Thanks for joining us for the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky, which is open all week! I hope you'll join me in entering some fun giveaways. Check back daily to see what's been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway, please share it with us in the linky, and don't forget to tell your social media friends/fans about this page.







Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Get a Great Night’s Sleep with an Ergonomically Designed, Cooling GhostPillow!

Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing a GhostBed mattress, which is shipped right to your home and is amazingly comfortable! My son continues to sleep wonderfully on it, and overnight guests often comment on how well they sleep on the GhostBed. Nature’s Sleep, maker of the GhostBed, is on a mission to improve the quality of our sleep, which is why they’ve launched a natural follow-up to the mattress (and boxspring) -- the GhostPillow!

The GhostPillow has been ergonomically designed to help keep your spine properly aligned and is made with something called “thermos sensitive technology,” which actually senses heat and adjusts to keep the temperature neutral. My husband has a big issue with pillows that are too hot, so the GhostPillow is perfect for him because it helps to keep his head cool while he sleeps. The pillow is made with aerated gel memory foam so that air circulates through it.

My favorite feature of the GhostPillow is that it has really held its firm shape. So many pillows collapse within a few weeks or months, making you feel like you’re suffocating. But the GhostPillow is still plush and comfortable. I feel like I breathe better when using it. And did I mention that it even has a relaxing lavender smell? I also like that the zippered cover is removable for easy washing.

Watch the (humorous) video below for more information on the GhostPillow:



Visit www.ghostbed.com/ghostpillow/ to learn more about GhostPillows and purchase some today! You can have them shipped to your home for free and even get a 5-year warranty!




Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

Winter’s Coming! Time to Stock Up on New CARMEX COMFORT CARE™ Lip Balms!

Just in time for winter, Carma Laboratories, Inc. has launched a line of natural lip balms! What makes them different from other Carmex lip balms? CARMEX COMFORT CARE™ Lip Balms are made with Colloidal Oatmeal, which not only moisturizes the skin but has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These new lip balms also contain cold-pressed cranberry seed oil, which is rich with antioxidants, along with beeswax and Cupuacu Butter.

I love that these lip balms are lightweight, not heavy or greasy. In other words, my lips are still kissable! Flavors include Mixed Berry, Sugar Plum and Watermelon Blast, so you’re sure to find a favorite. (Mine is Mixed Berry!) And they’re just the right size to slip into your purse, desk drawer, backpack or makeup bag. I keep one at home to use at bedtime, one in my purse for moisturizing on-the-go, and another lip balm in my desk.

If you battle chapped lips due to winter weather or colds and flu, or just want to keep your lips healthy and smooth, head over to Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Target or another retailer to pick up some CARMEX COMFORT CARE™ Lip Balms. Priced at just $1.99, you can afford lip balms for everyone in the family! For more information, please visit www.mycarmex.com.



Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Poppy Mayberry, The Monday Book Tour, Guest Post and Giveaway!


Poppy Mayberry, The Monday
by Jennie K. Brown
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books

What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a ‘Wednesday”? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not—Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. And if that’s not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear … if only she were a Friday.

Find it on Goodreads

Purchase Links:
Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Guest Post: How did you get the idea for this book?

I just love this question! So, a lot of people are intrigued by magical powers based on birth day of the week, and the idea actually came to me when I was stopped at a red light in my hometown. I glanced up at the Starbucks on the corner across the street to see a young girl tossing a ball into the air. From the angle I watched, it looked as if the girl was controlling the ball with her mind. At pretty much the same time I asked myself, What day of the week is it? (I have a tendency to lose track of the days over the summer!) And then I put those thoughts together -- What if a person had certain powers depending on the day of the week? Or what if a person had a special power specific to the day of the week in which they were born? And that’s where I got the concept for Poppy’s town of Nova. Inspiration can strike anywhere!



About the Author:
Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middle-grade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled Yorkie. In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.


Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 30, 2016
* One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
* Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown (INT)

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Introducing "Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs" by Bestselling Author Eric Litwin ~ Enter to Win the Book and an Art Print!

GROOVY JOE: ICE CREAM & DINOSAURS
By Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
Release: August 30, 2016
Ages: 3-6

Meet Groovy Joe, a fun-lovin', guitar-strummin', doggy-ice-cream-eatin' pup as he wrangles three hungry dinosaurs and soon has them singing, grooving, and sharing!

Groovy Joe was living the dream.
He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream.
And he started to sing:
Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream!

Eric Litwin, author of the bestselling and beloved Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, have created a captivating new canine character who will groove his way into readers' hearts and have them grooving and giggling all the while. In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along. Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations, come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy!


My thoughts: This book has it all -- a cool character, important lessons, and a catchy song! Kids will want to listen to the song over and over again and read the book every night at bedtime. They'll learn that sharing is awesome, and first impressions aren't always correct. The "scary" dinosaurs in this book turn out to be great friends with Groovy Joe, and they bond over their love of "doggy ice cream"! Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs is a fun read-aloud book that's sure to be a big hit in schools and homes.

Visit the website to hear the free downloadable musical performance of this rocking story in English and Spanish. While you’re there, check out “The Groovy Dance,” Joe’s very own disco doggy dance track!

BOOK TRAILER
Watch the very groovy book trailer!



Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs is the first book in a series about the fun-lovin’ and guitar-strummin’ pup. Catch the next Joe story, Disco Party Bow Wow, in Fall 2017!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eric Litwin is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who merges music and early literacy together. He is the author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books and the exciting new musical series The Nuts. Eric's books have sold more than 6.5 million copies and won eighteen state and national awards, including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award. Eric is a popular performing artist who plays guitar, sings, tells stories, and brings books to life. Visit him at ericlitwin.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers Duck! Rabbit!; Exclamation Mark; Steam Train, Dream Train; Shark vs. Train; and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, which has been on the bestseller list for over three years. He has also written and illustrated a number of books, including What Are You So Grumpy About, Cloudette, and E-mergency, a Publishers Weekly and Boston Globe Best Book of 2011. For more information, visit him at tomlichtenheld.com.

LEARN MORE
Visit Scholastic.com
Visit the Spanish-language site here!

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow Scholastic on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #GroovyJoe

GIVEAWAY
One (1) winner from Susan Heim on Parenting will receive a Groovy Starter Pack, which includes:
· a copy of Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs
· a “Get Groovy” art print from the illustrator

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

CD Review and Giveaway: "Live On Forever" by The Afters

The Afters - Live On Forever Bio:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, "Live On Forever," began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live On Forever—the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label—still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.'"

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, 'Live On Forever' is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Review by D.T.

A little over a year ago, The Afters released a new single entitled “Live On Forever.” Its strengthening lyrics were forged both for the world and for the members of The Afters themselves. Over the past couple of years, the band has come together through many struggles and crafted an album by the same name to help everyone face those hard times in their life. The Afters’ newest pop/rock Christian album, “Live On Forever,” hit shelves just over a week ago. Featuring electronic overtones and upbeat rhythms, it encourages you to turn to God when things get rough, and to always remember that you’re stronger than your doubts.

If you’ve heard the two singles released from the album (“Live On Forever” and “Battles”), then you know some of what to expect. However, each track is incredibly unique. “Shadows” begins the album in a very heavy, electrical sound with epic lyrics telling you to “rise up from the shadows” and break free from whatever is holding you down. “Survivors” uses its clap-along beat and ringing chorus to remind you that “we know we are survivors” in all the tough times. Finally, the last track, “When You’re with Me,” plays a soothing melody on acoustic guitar mixed with a beautiful string accompaniment and Josh Havens’ strong voice to tell you that God is always by your side. Overall, the album will scratch whatever pop music itch you’re looking to scratch and keep you in a good mood the entire time.

Purchase:
iTunes | Google Play | Amazon | Spotify

Get Connected with The Afters:
Official website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Music Videos:
Battles (Official Lyric Video)
Battles (Heart Of The Song)
Live On Forever (Heart Of The Song)
Live On Forever (Official Music Video)

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a CD of "Live On Forever," by The Afters. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the US/CAN only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Disclaimer (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.